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City College on the march

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery (right) and Pamela Haynes walk along the track of Hughes Stadium for the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk; a nonprofit organization. Jeffery says they will be holding more events around campus for many other nonprofit organizations to help raise money for their groups.

Robin Fritz | Staff Writer | [email protected]

Faculty, students, citizens participate in Komen Walk for the Cure honoring breast cancer awareness, women’s history month

It was the hottest March 19 on record for Sacramento with a high of 81 degrees, but that didn’t stop about 60 people — many clad in pink — from circling the Hughes Stadium track beneath the noonday sun.

City College President Kathryn Jeffery and Los Rios Community College District trustee Pamela Haynes led the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in honor of Women’s History Month, in cooperation with the Susan G. Komen organization. The event brought together a group of people diverse in age, race and gender.

“We wanted to do something that would be meaningful for everyone. Most of us have family or friends who’ve been affected by breast cancer,” said Victoria Henderson, Cultural Awareness Center coordinator at City College.

According to Henderson, a lot of college staff were walking in honor of Maxine Phillips, a former counselor who battled breast cancer and died in 2008, after retiring from her position in 2006.

A tree near Rodda Hall North honors Phillips and her work, and Henderson said there is a scholarship in her name as well for women who have had breast cancer or have family members who’ve had it.

Jeffery, who walked four laps around the track, said, “This was a good opportunity for us to bring the campus together in support of BCA. We had all levels of the college represented. We had faculty, classified staff, we had trustees from the board, we had students, we had — well, I’m a manager, I was out here. We had student services, instruction, we had a lot of good participation across the college. Even the children were out.”

Among the participants was a group of 13 children from the campus Child Development Center who posed for a group photo in their pink T-shirts after walking the track.

“I feel like I did something good for myself besides reaching for a bag of chips,” Jeffery said after the walk. “I got extra energy from watching the kids, too.”

Tables were set up at the event with baskets of granola bars and water bottles, along with breast cancer awareness products, information and Komen sponsored items such as pink wristbands, lanyards and carabiners.

“Mixing heart health with breast cancer awareness is a perfect partnership,” Jeffery said. “I’m on the Heart Association board and we promote walking as one of the activities that contributes to heart health.”

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“I came out to support the walk and the fight against breast cancer,” Devine said. “We at Komen work to educate people about this disease.”

Student Paul Kuang, wearing a pink Komen wristband, said he participated because he is training for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure run May 9 at Cal Expo.

“I’m training myself for the 10K — we must run or walk the 5K, then do the 10K.” Kuang said.

According to Kuang, he already enjoyed running, and a female friend suggested that he put his hobby to good use and run for a cause.

Kuang’s friend, Lincoln Scott, former president of the Student Senate, walked with him and participated because he felt the importance of the cause on a personal level.

“I have friends and family members who have died of cancer,” Scott said.

Another Komen walk student participant, 21-year-old Indiana native Maria Nguyen is training for the 4K for Cancer, a 4,000-mile bike ride starting from Baltimore, beginning May 30 and lasting into early August with about 180 participants.

“Since November I’ve been fundraising a personal goal of $4,500 for cancer patient resources on behalf of the Ulman Cancer Fund,” Nguyen said. “Eighty-four cents of every dollar goes toward direct patient resources like transportation to and from the doctor — that’s a $10 donation right there — and also goes to much larger things such as college scholarships.”

Nguyen said she got involved because her father has been diagnosed with cancer.

“My favorite part is knowing that everyone has my back. It doesn’t matter whether they’re from my other school in Indiana, family and friends in New York or wherever, they’re willing to help no matter what. Their support for this, for something we’re all so passionate about, is amazing to see,” Nguyen said.

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